Vietnamese authorities said Tuesday they will fine
German carmaker Volkswagen after the company admitted displaying cars
at a Vietnam motor show that included a controversial map showing
Beijing's competing territorial claims in the South China Sea.
A statement released by the General Department of Vietnam Customs said that Volkswagen Vietnam will face a fine of between 860 and 1724 dollars. World Auto Company, which was responsible for importing the car for the event, also faces a ban on operations for between six and nine months.
The fine comes after Volkswagen Vietnam borrowed two Touareg SUVs from a Chinese partner for a motor show, which took place in Ho Chi Minh City from October 23-27. Volkswagen said they knew about the map and tried to block the app in the cars, but some visitors were still able to access it.
Several countries across South-East Asia are making competing sovereignty claims to parts of the South China Sea where oil and gas exploration is a highly fraught issue in both China and Vietnam.
The so-called "nine-dash line" is used by China to demarcate about 80 per cent of the South China Sea, was removed from navigation apps last month by a Vietnamese distributor of Chinese cars in northern Vietnam. Also last month, Vietnam removed the DreamWorks animated film "Abominable" from cinemas after a scene emerged showing the controversial map.
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